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It’s hard to believe that what started out as an idle thought — a continuation of the adventures of sleuth Benoit Blanc, the “greatest sleuth” in the world — resulted in not just an inevitable franchise filler, but one of the most gripping, funny, and downright enjoyable movies ever made. year. An astute cast, it boasts one of the most brilliant scripts of the year, not only in terms of exquisitely ludicrous dialogue and satirical pop-culture taunts, but also a traditional detective’s meticulous meta-plot that keeps you on your toes. ticks from start to finish. Unusually for a recent Netflix presentation, hardly a single minute is wasted, and it’s no surprise that a Christmas release is scheduled for an intellectual audience that hits the bull’s-eye with every beat.

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Director Rian Johnson was pretty candid about the original. Get the knives influence, and the immediate premise of this sequel—a group of friends are summoned to a remote Greek island by an old acquaintance—suggests an homage to the 1973 ocean crime thriller. The Last of Sheilathe unlikely and somewhat psychedelic brainchild of screenwriters Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins. glass bow, however, is just teasing this link; after he sets sail, he becomes a beast in his own right, setting a frenetic kinetic pace that never lets up. it Aliens with drawn knives Universe, an exponential iteration of a great concept that by now knows its protagonist inside out and thinks big when it comes to finding an intellectual challenge worthy of it.

(LR) Kate Hudson as Birdie, Leslie Odom Jr. as Lionel, Kathryn Hahn as Claire, Edward Norton as Miles, Jessica Henwick as Peg, Madeleine Kline as Whiskey and Dave Bautista as Duke

Miles Bron (Edward Norton), the billionaire owner of the Alpha Company, is the host here, and the friends who gather to sail to his island are a disparate group. There’s Claire Debella (Katherine Hahn), a politician running as an independent after losing her Democratic supporters; Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), famous scientist; Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), a former model with her own clothing line; and Duke (Dave Bautista), a men’s rights YouTuber who arrives with his girlfriend Whiskey (Madeline Kline). As they wait on the dock, everyone is surprised when celebrity detective Blanc (Daniel Craig) shows his masked face – the date is May 13, 2020, the height of quarantine – but they are even more shocked to see Andy Brown (Janelle Monáe), Bron’s detective. a former business partner with whom, after a bitter trial, there is nothing left but hostility.

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After sending out elaborate puzzle boxes (apparently designed by Ricky’s student Jay), Bron greets his guests as they arrive on shore. Banksy sculptures await them in the sand, and Bron lazily strums “Let It Be” on the guitar he claims McCartney wrote it on (note: please watch the movie before commenting). Every 60 minutes we hear an “hourly don” written specifically for Bron by Philip Glass, and almost everything about his ridiculous hideout is commercialized and commodified: “That rich people shit is weird,” as one of the characters comments.

Bron has brought these seemingly people together for a secret weekend game that sees them investigate his murder. But given that all the guests have a good reason to see him dead (all of them, as Andy reveals, are addicted to Bron’s “golden tits”), will the game be played for real? The guessing game kicks off right now, and the subsequent twists and turns make Glass Onion almost impossible to review without spoilers, constantly recalibrating – for example, Johnson turns on a nod to Vertigo to incredibly satisfying effect – but, most importantly, never strays too far from his audience.

Catherine Hahn as Claire, Madeleine Kline as Whiskey, Edward Norton as Miles, Leslie Odom Jr. as Lionel and Kate Hudson as Birdie.

(LR) Kathryn Hahn as Claire, Madeleine Kline as Whiskey, Edward Norton as Miles, Leslie Odom Jr. as Lionel and Kate Hudson as Birdie
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Key to this is a heightened sense of humor that allows Blanc to flourish in a way that the previous Knives Out wouldn’t: Now the character is established, Craig is having an obscene amount of fun with him, pushing the Southern caricature to its limits. and then blow it up for the first 40 minutes at the exciting part of the wrong prop. Following his example, all the characters are allowed to go upstairs – not least the vapid Birdie, the former cover star Face and twitter is so reckless that her assistant has to hide her phone. Duke, with his short pistol holsters, is surprisingly and just as bravely mocking himself, and career Norton – where exactly has this fantastic actor been lately? It’s just the icing on the cake.

Two standout characters remain: Bond-free Craig finally lends comedy, revealing previously untapped depths (the scene in which the deadpan Blanc hides behind a bronze statue’s buttocks and between them is a mini-masterpiece of silent comedy). But the Ana de Armas award for the second iteration Get the knives goes to the simply fantastic Monet, who delivers one of the best and most intuitive performances of 2022. The explosive ending can be a bit confusing, but glass bow not alone in this, joining Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund Triangle of sadness as an infectiously joyous romp that distorts the self-righteous pomposity and literal stupidity of a truly mad world.

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